Sunday Edition Author Series: Local Historian Grace Shackman Discusses Her Book 'Ann Arbor Observed'

This event was held on December 10, 2006 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Twenty-five years ago, Grace Shackman began writing articles about Ann Arbor's buildings, events, and people for the "Ann Arbor Observer." Her latest book compiles the best of these articles into eight sections: public buildings and institutions; the University of Michigan; transportation; industry; downtown Ann Arbor; recreation and culture; social fabric and communities; and architecture. Shackman will discuss her book, including her research methods, local history sources, and her experience with writing local history. Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Nicola's Books.

Shackman's 'Ann Arbor Observer' articles, which depicted all aspects of Ann Arbor, became much-anticipated regular stories. Readers turned to her illuminating mini-histories when they wanted to know about a particular landmark, personality, business, structure, organization, or other story from Ann Arbor's past. For long-time residents, Ann Arbor expatriates, University of Michigan alumni, and visitors alike, "Ann Arbor Observed" provides a rare bygone glimpse of a town with a rich and varied history.

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